Sure, you can ride to the top of the Space Needle, or go to the Children’s Museum, or see an exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. But you can also just hang out and enjoy the view and the Center’s many great fountains. Park at the public lot on Harrison, just north of EMP ($4 for 1 hour, $8 for 2 hours), and walk up the wide pedestrian (and stroller-friendly) path toward Key Arena and you’ll hit the wonderful International Fountain, a wet and wonderful crowd pleaser in good weather. Walk around to the north side of Key Arena to find the Dupen Fountain, which was installed as part of the 1962 World’s Fair. Two others include the Fountain of the Northwest, which is in the courtyard of the Intiman Theatre, and the Fountain of the Seseragi, which is on the north side of the theatre. Be sure to bring some pennies to make lots of wishes! And of course, there’s nothing like experiencing a festival at Seattle Center. Coming July 16 to 18 is the 2010 Bite of Seattle, the city’s premier food festival with lots of activities and entertainment for the kiddos.

—Kavita Varma-White

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